Putin is a typical admirer of Nazism

10:41 20 September Kyiv, Ukraine


Russia does not produce anything itself. The USSR, to a lesser extent, but also could not produce anything on its own. Talk about “import substitution” sounds like they are being spoken by a notorious person who has not been able to realize himself in life.. Values, ideology, domestic and foreign policy, and even propaganda in Russia are also not the result of her work. All this was copied from earlier totalitarian regimes, in particular, from Hitler's Germany.

Paradoxical as it may seem, but even the words uttered by propagandists and officials of the Russian Federation are only a copy of the statements of the Nazis in Hitler's Germany. It is known that after the capture of Berlin, the allies began to share the trophies. The main prize was information. Despite its atrocities and cannibalistic ideology, fascist Germany succeeded in the scientific, cultural, and social spheres. Stalin, being the ruler of a totalitarian country, badly needed, among other things, to effectively manage large masses of people. Nazi propaganda has become almost the main trophy for the leader and future generations.

But if the USSR adopted propaganda methods from the Nazis, then in modern Russia, politicians, together with the head of state, did not hesitate to copy not only the style, rhetoric, but even the whole sayings of the Nazis.

Perhaps one of Putin's true goals in the war against Ukraine, besides resources, remains to provide a land corridor to Crimea, which, despite the annexation and construction of the Crimean bridge, remains logistically problematic. Hitler initially pursued the same goal, starting World War II with an attack on Poland in September 1939. The German dictator needed to connect Germany with East Prussia. On September 1, Hitler explained to the Germans the reason for the start of the war: “For a long time we suffered from a terrible problem, the problem created by the Dictate of Versailles, which worsened until it became unbearable for us. Danzig was and is a German city. The corridor was - and is German. Both of these territories, in terms of their cultural development, belong exclusively to the German people. Danzig was taken from us, Corridor was annexed by Poland. As in other German territories in the east, all German minorities living there were treated worse and worse.. More than a million people of German blood were cut off from their homeland in 1919-20.” Many have seen but may have forgotten Putin's speech on February 24, before he started the war: “Many questions immediately arise here. And the first of them, in fact the main one: why was it necessary to satisfy any, unlimitedly growing nationalist ambitions on the outskirts of the former empire from the lord's shoulder? Transfer to newly formed, and often arbitrarily formed, administrative units - union republics - huge territories that often had nothing to do with them at all. I repeat, to convey together with the population of historical Russia. Except for the very reason - "unfairly transferred lands" - the speeches of Putin and Hitler coincide in content. Both allegedly worry about the peoples who have become “cut off from their historical homelands”, both dispute history, both are trying to distort it.

Both dictators also blamed the West, which did not satisfy their desires, failed to “calm down” the aggressor. Hitler's words sounded like this: “You know about my endless attempts that I made to peacefully resolve issues with Austria, then with the Sudetenland, Bohemia and Moravia. All of them were in vain. In the same way, I tried to solve the problem of Danzig, the Corridor, and so on, by offering a peaceful discussion of the problems. That the problems must be solved is clear. It is also clear to us that Western democracies do not have the time or interest to address these issues.” Putin repeated Hitler’s speech almost word for word on February 24: “It is well known that for 30 years we have persistently and patiently tried to agree with the leading NATO countries on the principles of equal and indivisible security in Europe.. In response to our proposals, we were constantly faced with either cynical deceit and lies, or attempts at pressure and blackmail, while the North Atlantic Alliance, in the meantime, despite all our protests and concerns, is steadily expanding.”

Speaking of the “security guarantees” that Putin and other Russian officials repeated for almost the entire 2021, Hitler also spoke. The German dictator also mentioned the change of power in Poland, just as the master of the Kremlin claimed that “in Ukraine, the power was seized by the Nazis, who should resign.”

Putin did not hesitate to take inspiration from Hitler, using his speeches in his speeches. The environment of the Kremlin dictator followed his example, and they began to repeat phrases, and sometimes entire sentences, of famous Nazi figures.. Leonid Slutsky, recently the leader of the LDPR party, has already spoken twice about a “single president”: “One country, one president and one victory,” Slutsky once again said at the funeral of the daughter of propagandist Alexander Dugin. Joseph Goebbels, the chief Nazi ideologue, gave a speech calling on the Germans for "total war" in 1943. It contained a sentence: “One people, one empire, one Fuhrer”. The similarity of the words of Goebbels and Slutsky cannot be denied. Even the Russians noticed that the official was quoting a Nazi. However, State Duma deputy Sergei Mironov said that the saying of his colleague "does not resemble" the words of Goebbels. He explained, “Slutsky is a deeply religious person. A similar phrase is found in the Bible. And everyone sees what they want to see. I am sure that he did not in any way imply a Nazi slogan. And this slogan is not so well known, so I didn’t understand the question right away either.” In some cases, Nazi ideologues also justified their words with the Bible.

But how did it happen that a country that, wherever it is not laziness, declares a sole victory over fascism in World War II, accuses Ukraine of the “revival of Nazism”, uses the speeches of the Nazis in its propaganda, creates a cult of personality and a cult of a “united state” "? The formation of Hitler, as well as Putin, took place against the backdrop of previous defeats of Germany and Russia, respectively.. After the First World War, Berlin lost part of the land, experienced several economic crises (1918-1923 and 1929-1933). The German dictator promised "to revive the greatness of Germany", to return the lands. He laid all the blame for what happened on Great Britain, France and the “Jewish Bolsheviks”. Putin also came to power against the background of the collapse of the USSR, after the economic crises in Russia. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union occurred as a result of the defeat in the Cold War with the NATO bloc, the Russians retained hatred for the United States, “Western values” and democratic-liberal foundations. He, like Hitler, set out to “return the former greatness and lost lands”. The idea of revanchism is the basis of both dictators.

Obviously, identical foreign policy goals imply similar methods for achieving them. Therefore, Russian propaganda uses the same methods as Nazi Germany. Separately, it is worth noting the cult of personality, which now in Russia has reached, perhaps, its climax.. Some observers have pointed out that the Kremlin dictator's cult of personality began as early as 2001, when portraits of Putin could be seen in large numbers in underground subway passages. The praise of the dictator is necessary so that people do not identify their leader with failures. How this works can be seen in the example of Russians who accuse the authorities of corruption, but Putin always remains in a different field of perception for them, and they call their dictator “the best president.”

Taking the propaganda of his predecessor as a basis, Putin did not forget about the symbolism. The swastika was the main symbol of the Nazis and remains so to this day. Naturally, the Kremlin dictator could not afford to use the swastika. However, this did not affect other, less well-known symbols of the Nazis.

First, it is worth noting that Hitler and Putin are admirers of mysticism. Shamans, psychics, historical artifacts and especially symbols are integral attributes of their reign. Hitler had a department of the Ahnenerbe, which was engaged in the search for sacred revenge, artifacts in Tibet, the occult and other otherworldly things. Putin, according to his inner circle, has his own shamans. He attaches great importance to dates, such as May 9, the time of the attack on Ukraine (which also coincides with the time of the Nazi attack on the USSR), etc. In addition, a story on federal TV channels deserves special attention, where they showed how shamans in Altai perform a ritual so that Russia wins the war. Therefore, symbolism for Putin is, and for Hitler was, of great importance. The swastika, in itself, means "well-being", and its first images date back to 8 thousand BC. It has a sacred meaning in Buddhism, Judaism, as it is considered a symbol that drives away evil spirits.. At the end of the 19th century, it began to be associated with the Aryan race, and already in the 20th century, the swastika became a symbol of Nazism. Obviously, Hitler did not choose this symbol by chance.

The modern Russian “swastika” is the Latin symbol Z. Apparently, it was also not chosen by chance, since so far the Russian authorities have not given an explanation for its use, and propagandists have taken it as the main symbol of war. In the Latin alphabet, Z came from runes. This symbol is called "Wolfsangel" (Wolfsangel) - "wolf hook" and at different times meant cruelty, unlimited tyranny, hatred, Nazism and neo-Nazism. In the ranks of the Nazis, it was used by the military of the 4th SS Panzergrenadier Police Division (4. SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division). Another symbol - V - was also used by the Nazis. However, only “experienced SS soldiers” could wear it, and only those who joined the Nazi Party. It is unlikely that the Russian military who used the Latin V on their equipment were United Russia, but those who use Z have an abundance of cruelty, as well as faith in Nazi ideals. If we take into account that Latin symbols are used by Russia, which “is fighting against the West and Western values”, expresses intolerance towards everything Western, then the only explanation can be precisely the symbolism that Putin and the RF Ministry of Defense put into them.

It is impossible not to mention the idea of “racial superiority”. In Nazi Germany, it was believed that the Aryans (mythological race) are "higher people", which were purebred Germans. All the rest are “inferior people”, Jews, Roma, Slavs, Asians. The same can be observed in modern Russia. Russians are brought up from an early age with a sense of superiority over all other nations and races.. They have no respect for foreign culture, ideas, religion. Since Soviet times, Russians have called the peoples of the post-Soviet republics “younger brothers.”

Among other things, Hitler's Germany and Putin's Russia are similar in ties between state and religion, total control of the media, and the granting of almost unlimited power to law enforcement agencies. Also, in Russia, as in Nazi Germany, traditional gender roles are fixed.. Homosexuals, both men and women, were subject to physical destruction by the Nazis. In 2020, Putin rewrote the Constitution, where one of the clauses defined marriage as a union of only a man and a woman. There is widespread intolerance, harassment and physical reprisals against gays in Russia. In Hitler's time, the persecution of people with non-traditional sexual orientation was simply explained - they cannot have children. Any dictator in a totalitarian, militaristic state needs as many soldiers as possible. Therefore, the social policy of large families was supported and promoted, where the leading role should be occupied by a man, make a profit, work for the state, and, if necessary, go to the front.. In Russia, obviously, they are guided by the same principles.

Putin's state, its domestic and foreign policies are nothing new or unique. All this has already happened. First in Italy, under the rule of Benito Mussolini, then in Germany, during the dictatorship of Hitler and in parallel in the USSR under Stalin, and now in Russia. The only thing that distinguishes Putin from his predecessors is corruption. In this aspect, he succeeded and brought "nepotism" and theft to a new, highest level. Otherwise, the Kremlin dictator remains a typical successor of Nazism, who now has, for the time being, the unofficial name of Rashism or Rusism.